Show Report: Lianne La Havas at Amoeba Hollywood; Eternal Summers at the Bootleg; Mac Demarco at the Echo

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2012 04:45pm | Post a Comment
Young British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, singing tunes from her debut record, the fine Is Your Love Big Enough? She launched right in, singing her sweet duet “No Room for Doubt” solo, smirking and garnering laughs when she reached the lyric “we all make mistakes” after flubbing a chord. From there, she took to a spread of songs from the album, moving from the dark, funky “Tease” to the robbin’ the cradle jam “Age,” drawing “woos” from the girls in the audience with the lyric “I fancy younger men.” La Havas let her guitar and lyrics do most of the talking, wisely, as the audience seemed to respond to individual lyrics more than anything — though she answered her fans “I love yous” when they came through between songs. Her fourth song, the single “Forget,” which she said was about some poor ex-boyfriend, became almost a country ditty sans the song’s big beats — except when she belted the chorus like a madwoman, then growing extra hushed for the verses, making use of dynamics to creepy effect. She closed out with the album’s title track, displaying the breadth of sound she gets from little more than her powerful voice and beautiful electro-acoustic guitar, summoning the power of a full band with a clapalong from the audience. See more photos from the performance here.
Friday night I also caught a show at the Bootleg Theater featuring Eternal Summers, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Rainbow and Drug Cabin (featuring Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves). Drug Cabin started the set nice and mellow before Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) shoegazed things up with great male-female vocals and buzzing guitars. Australian power-duo DZ Deathrays tore it up with a lot of thrash, while, despite their lovable indie hit “Millions,” Eternal Summers kept up the noise with a powerful set. All in all, a fine night of indie pop gone wild.

Saturday I got too lazy to catch Hunx and his Punks at Los Globos, but Sunday I managed to catch Mac DeMarco at Part Time Punks at the Echo. Demarco’s Rock and Roll Nightclub has been a favorite of mine this year, but that album’s taking the piss out of rock ‘n’ roll tropes via lo-fi antics is given a real rock ‘n’ roll makeover live, with DeMarco’s band eschewing any sort of self-conscious intellectualism for a real good times rock show. His new song “My Kind of Woman” played to a dedicated and appreciative crowd, speaking to the potential of his new album, 2, due Oct. 16 on Captured Tracks (preorder here). Whatever the song Demarco ended the set with was, turning from goofy garage guy to crooning balladeer, it was killer. He was supported by Catwalk, a delightfully jangly up-and-coming guitar-pop band akin to Beach Fossils or older bands like The Go-Betweens and Let’s Active, as well as the punishing, My Bloody Valentine-style guitar noise of Ringo Deathstarr.

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